There are three little Sherlock Holmes stories in this book, they are:
1. The Adventure of the Speckled Band
2. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
3. A Scandal in Bohemia
Among these three stories, I like "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" the most. It is a bizarre story but it is also very meaningful.
On Christmas Eve, the doorman, Peterson went to a party. When he was walking home at about 4 a.m., he saw a man carrying a goose attacked by a group of men. He left his hat behind and dropped the goose.
He asked Sherlock Holmes for help since he found a beautiful blue stone in the goose! Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson soon realized that the stone is the Countess of Morcar's Blue carbuncle.
At last, Sherlock Holmes found out that James Ryder, who was employed at the Hotel Cosmopolitan, was the real thief. Surprisingly, Mr. Holmes returned the jewel but didn't send him to jail.
The reason why I like this story so much is that the ending was so surprising. I have no idea why Sherlock Holmes decided not to send the thief to jail at first. But after I finished the whole story, I understand the purpose of his act because he saw no point in sending the thief to jail. It would just make life difficult to the thief's own family. I think that a good detective needs to have three things: a clever brain, a pair of sharp eyes and most importantly, a Kind Heart. The reason why Sherlock Holmes is the most successful detective in the world is that he has these three important things. He never asked for payment or money after he helped people to solve the problems.
-(The stone) It's what crimes are made of.
I agree on this sentence because every crime starts with a strong desire for something, such as love, money, etc. I always think that humans are dangerous, including myself. We can easily be controlled by lust and even do something that is totally wrong. I think that this story can also be an alert for people.